C’est moi, Kim West. I am a painter, and my visual arts practice incorporates studio painting, mural making, and installation projects activated with collaborative performance.
My work engages with memories, reflections, washy landscapes, and color-forward, often technicolor bright botanical motifs.
Those who know my work may be familiar via Instagram, or from murals located throughout California, including Only One Way Through, an expansive 5-story mural commissioned by Hauser Wirth on the exterior of their Downtown Los Angeles gallery and described as “dreamlike” by the New York Times, or by driving up the PCH and passing by Kaleidoscope (How’d Ya Get to be Happiness?). At over 122,000 square feet, this Huntington Beach project is a meandering imagined landscape that is environmental in scope, clocking in as the largest mural in California.
Following studies in printmaking, photography, painting, and literature at Smith College, Amherst College and the Instituto de Allende, I graduated from the painting department at Rhode Island School of Design.